Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES--The Upward Bound Program at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has been re-funded for four more years. The University has received notification from the Department of Education that the grant proposal was approved to receive $338,006 for each year, totaling over $1.3 million dollars.
Upward Bound is one of the TRIO Programs, funded by the Department of Education. "TRIO Programs are very effective and many students from low-income families depend on these programs to succeed academically in high school and college," said Susan Cramp, director of Upward Bound at Eastern. In fact, since 1965 an estimated two million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of the nation's TRIO Programs, according to Ms. Cramp.
The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In many communities, the TRIO Programs are some of the only programs available that help students to overcome the class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education, said Ms. Cramp. According to Ms. Cramp, all Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.
Students, who spend time during the summer on local college campuses, may obtain college credit while still in high school. The ENMU Upward Bound Program currently serves eligible freshman through junior level students at Clovis, Texico, Portales, Dora, Elida, Floyd, Ruidoso, Hondo High Schools and Broad Horizons Educational Center in Portales. A student can remain in the program until they graduate from high school.
For more information, or to refer a student to Upward Bound at Eastern, call Susan Cramp at 505-562-2452, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.